Dated: April 21, 2014

This has been an interesting week. Our truck transmission is going out, We found 3 new investigators, I got sunburned, we had our last interviews with President Pitt, and we knocked lots of doors.

So our truck has been being weird, and all of a sudden, last Monday we got on the freeway to go up to Morgantown for zone P-day  and something went wrong with the gears. Now, when our truck gets to 25 mph the RPM goes way up and it won’t go any faster. So this morning we took it into the Chevy dealer and they are working on it right now. Hopefully it won’t take too much to fix because we really need our car. Most of the larger towns around us are 7 or 8 miles away.

We taught 2 new investigators this week. Their concern: we don't need the Book of Mormon because we have the bible. We pulled out everything we had to try to resolve that one. They agreed to read it. We taught them outside and I got a sunburn from it. We also taught an investigator that recently moved from Virginia to West Virginia. It is likely she will be baptized. She really likes the church. The branch did an Easter egg hunt on Saturday. There were about 50 people that showed up and about 24ish kids. On Sunday we went to the Bakers parents for Easter dinne. Their whole family is non-members. It was good food. We are going back tomorrow to help Sister Baker’s dad continue to build up his barn.

We had our last interviews with President Pitt. It was sad. He stood up before and went over some things with us. When he releases missionaries, he does about an hour and half devotional with them of what they need to do to be successful in life. He gave us a short 15 min version of that. It includes 3 things.

1: Marry the right person in the right place at the right time.
He said that that is the most important thing because your eternal progression rests on that one decision.

2: Go to the Temple often.

3: Follow the Prophet. He shared scriptures about how much the Prophets and Apostles love us. He told us the story of when Elder Holland first started going to President Pitt as his dentist. It went something like this. President Pitt's secretary got a call one day (she was less-active at the time and didn't know who Elder Holland was) saying that a Jeffery Holland just called and got an appointment to see Dr. Pitt. President said "I hope there are more than one of those." It turned out to be Elder Holland. President Pitt had him come in and as he was working on him he asked him, "So how is it being an Apostle." Elder Holland told him, “there have been the highest highs and the lowest lows.” He said that ELder Holland, when he was a new apostle, was having a really hard time with the low times, and he asked some of the senior brethren about it, and they told him it would only get worse. The point he was trying to make is that the Prophets and Apostles are men too. They have their own struggles and they also have to bear the struggles of us. They see us and know us.

2 Cor 1:6
And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

I don't totally understand this, but our hope of salvation is that the Prophets and Apostles are able to overcome their difficulties, so we know we can do it to.  I don’t know if this all makes sense, but I tried to share it with you. If it didn't, just apply it how you will. :D

I love you all. The Book of Mormon is true!


Elder Josh!

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